Nina Stibbe: Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home



M or the doctor s staff would beg what s the name of that book Getting real mail was fun Whatever today s lectronic connections are they can t compare with the arrival of a chatty letter from someone you know a letter neither urgent Where R U nor briskly demanding Pick me up ASAP but leisurely chock full of casual details giving you a personal moment with someone who matters to you and vice versa Under these circumstances anything and O Testamento everything can be interesting who threw up and why what caps and hats are in vogue this month or what the Famous Man Next Door is really like when he s at supper with two small boys a sassy young nanny and the Mum who seems well loved but very much an after thought in the groupNina Stibbe s book is the kind of thing you take to bed at night to leave a pleasant relaxing aura over your soon to be sleeping head It s the perfect book to carry in your bag and read on the train or while waiting in the hair salon It will be on a first name basis with all the pleasures of yo Very amusing collection of letters written by Nina Stibe in thearly 1980s In the first part of the book she is working as nanny to the children of Mary Kay Wilmer and living in Gloucester Crescent which at that time was awash with intellectuals Alan Bennet was a neighbour and freuent visitor and his coversations areamong the most amusing parts of the book The children Sam and Will are intelligent and original and Nina obviously was very fond of them In the second part of the book she becomes a student at Thames Polytechnic but still stays in close touch with the Wilmers and visits them freuently The letters are funny and delightful should be Gangbang Slut enjoyed by anyonespecially if you like Alan Bennet My husband and I fell in love with Nina after seeing the TV adaptation by Nick Hornby So we decided to give the memoir novel a go and absolutely loved itIt is a definite Marmite Novel that appeals to our tastes and humour than some It was great that the novel was slightly different to the TV series and that it had a whole second half not included for TV Although we lamented the fact that this had not been adapted as we miss the series makes a change from the usual derivative fare The novel also gave some useful background that xplained some things in the TV series such as the really not so very surprising surprise ie Alan Bennett s characterHumour wise one of my favorites was how Nina finally decides that a fellow student is male or female Hilarious A classicWhat I didn t like was the constant use of initials for character names Perhaps nick names would have been less annoying Some reviewers hated the fact that we never directly hear from sister Vic to whom Nina writes not realising that this her chosen narrative in the form of a letter Conseuently we don t need to know about Vic s life because THE STORY IS ABOUT NINA and the family for whom she works Man at the Helm was such a great book THIS is drivel I can t believe they published it I made it 13 way and am dying of boredom Nothing is going on nothing has a point Need to make a negative star review So disappointed I loved this book and hated it when I got to the nd Ms Stibbe forms very loving pictures of all the diverse characters she interacted with in North London I would have loved to have had some meals at Ms Wilmer s And drinks It gladdens me to know that there are such wonderful funny and intelligent folk out thereI had started Mary Kay s book on her family The Eitingons about 2 years ago and kind of stalled out Based on my new found knowledge of her many personality uirks I have gone back to that book with real Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows enthusiasmI look forward to work from Nina What a delight Love Nina is a book that will leave you smiling Comprised of the letters of a nanny to her sister this novel describes the hilarious dynamics of the host family and friends curious attempts at cooking and housekeeping This is so good natured it will leave you happy and wishing you too knew these people I would never have picked this book to read simply because I usually find that these personal accounts of lifevents to be amusingonly to the writer This book is the xception It is truly laugh out loud funny The letters that Nina Stibbe wrote to her sister during hernanny days in London with a wealthy ccentric family are so open and guileless that I just completely fell in love with Nina and the whole Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, entourageIt is just fun and light and I highly recommend. Sexually transmitted diseases There's nond to what Nina can learn from these boys rude words and their broad minded mother the who's who of literary London A charming hilarious sweetly inspiring celebration of bad food and good company Love Nina makes a young woman's adventures in a new world come alive.

Like many readers I d probably never have found this book without the A Fairly Honourable Defeat excellent BBC adaptation The TV show is based on the book but hasnormously benefited from having the xperience of Nick Hornby as screenwriter When a text has been polished by someone like him it s a bit inevitable that the original could be a bit disappointing However I still found this very funnyI liked the unanswered things the people referred to and never built upon the unknown responses of her sister I also loved Nina s sense of humour and her observational uips about the families of arty London in the 1980s Having Alan Bennett feature so much in the book is a bonus and if you can avoid seeing it as name dropping some of the other anecdotes about Jonathon Miller and others are very funnyI would read of Stibbe s work if hadn t increased the prices in the last few days I finally read this having heard the Radio Four adaptation a few years ago and having loved it The book did not disappoint it reminded me why I had so njoyed it on the radio and I found so much Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue else that was wonderfully humorous I agree with another reviewer who described it as Marmite I am definitely in the love it camp Others have described the premise of Nina s letters so I will not repeat other than to say Alan Bennett has for many years been one of my favourite writersspecially his own memoirs and this book just made me like him The Man Without a Face even Thoroughlynjoyable in a time of Covid and probably at any other time too It is Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) essentially lighthearted and absolutely nothing wrong with that It has no pretences to being other than this Lovely book Love Nina was serialised on Radio 4 which always makes me prick up myars to a book Having finished it now I can imagine it making very good audio Myself I read it on the bus during my daily commute and it was the perfect companion for the Gone (Gone, early morning journeys In the 1980s the 20 year old Nina Stibbe found herself as a nanny to Sam and Will Wilmers sons of Mary Kay Wilmers long termditor of London Review of Books The book never details how xactly Nina gained her position but straight away she seemed to slot right in and this publication of her letters gives a fascinating and very witty account of life within the literary upper classes Nina arrived utterly unaware of who anybody was xcept for a vague feeling that Mary Kay s friend Alan Bennet might have appeared in Coronation StreetIn many ways this is an old fashioned kind of book an apparently simple collection of letters home to Nina s sister Vic but her writing is razor sharp Given that Stibbe All Seated on the Ground eventually made a living within publishing it is hard to truly believe that the letters truly passed through undited but although Nina admits to have taken out the naughtier lements and to have corrected some of the spelling and grammar apparently they appear otherwise unaltered Apparently her letters first attracted public notice when she sent a few to Andrew Hagan who was collecting tributes about Mary Kay Wilmers for the latter s 70th birthday They went down a storm and someone approached Nina about whether she would consider a book Nina approached the Wilmers Frears contingent to ask for their permission to which Mary Kay apparently replied Christ no but then ventually relented To be fair the mutual affection of all living within Gloucester Crescent is the over riding impression one takes away from LoveNina Wiring even though the way that theyxpress it may be unorthodoxMary Kay strongly dislikes platitudes giving Nina a stern look the first time she asks if she has had a nice weekend This rubs off on Nina who offends her friend and Against All Odds eventual husband the left wing Nunney by leaving off saying goodbye on the telephone she felt it was implied Mary Kay often seemedxasperated with Nina freuently asking how on Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage earth they could trust anything she said complaining about Nina s often rather pointless practical jokes and shaking her head at Nina s latest attempt at cooking Still she seemed largely unruffled at having to hire a cleaner due to Nina s lack of motivation concerning housework Nina clearly adores her charges Sam and Will transcribing their surreal conversations for Vic and fretting over Sam sye Sam suffers from Riley Day syndrome This is not some sugary sweet tale of the joys of childcare The DOS even though Love Nina has been described as Adrian Mole meets Mary Poppins Nina tries to bribe the boys into keeping it uiet when she prangs the car and when. Breezy sophisticated hilarious rude and aching with sweetness Love Nina might be the most charming book I'vever read Maria Semple author of Where'd You Go Bernadette In 1982 20 year old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys In freuent letters home to her.

Sam dobs her in she rats him out for hiding his vegetables rather than ating them Still when Nina moves out to concentrate on studying for her degree it is clear although unspoken that she misses them terribly When M K has some re decorating work done there is a real sense of uiet rejoicing as she asks Nina when she will be moving back inThere are moments of true comic hilarity such as when a friend gives Mary Kay a set of wind chimes to ward away bad spirits but M K refuses to put them up because she hates tinkly noises and is not a hundred per cent against bad spirits In another terrific one liner Nina decides against trying yoga as she is not sure she would do well as a relaxed person Much of Love Nina s humour comes from Stibbe s observational wit she notes that Granny Wilmers helper was uite nice xcept when she criticised Nina s method in cutting Sam s hair not that she s a hairdresser she s just an ordinary posh person who s been taught to share her opinions with all and sundry My own favourite though was how freuent guest Alan Bennet proved himself to be xtremely adept at repairing household appliances he has since contested this assertion Nina assures him gravely that this is a good thing to fall back on Indeed Nina is completely un starstruck by any of the literary types who cross the threshold although she is rather nervous of Jonathan Miller after she mistook him for an opera singer and then borrowed his saw on Mary Kay s orders and then promptly lost it She cringes to the cleaner that Michael Neve is Mary Kay s friend rather than her own and gets irritated by how writer types remain untouched by what happens in the world Despite choosing to study an English degree Nina is distinctly unimpressed by Thomas Hardy and under whelmed by Shakespeare She is a charmingly direct narrator andLove Nina does truly feel like we are getting something real My only criticism is that I felt that it did need to be read in one go since Nina s style was such a distinctive stream of consciousness that stepping outside of it made it difficult to tune back in later Also I read it hoping for some kind of closure to the relationship between Nina and Nunney she obviously had feelings for him already but since this was real life rather than fiction that closure was a good few years away making the nding rather abruptThese are minor points though this was a lovely and warm hearted insight into the lives of a lively and Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils engaging group of people written with wit and intelligence it made me homesick though for the age of the letter As a child I was always soxcited to receive post usually from my aunt or grandparents the art of writing down one s doings seems to have shrivelled in the age of constant communication and I can t help but think that we are the poorer for it We may document our lives via social media but it lacks any kind of depth Nina is lucky to have such a wonderful account of this period in her life and it makes me remember again why writing is wonderful I can t help but wonder though what the other players in the story would have said though Hilarious I had so many laugh out loud moments reading this book and I m completely Payment Due enad with it s characters When the booknded I felt sad that I wouldn t know Nina W S MK and AB any longer I think this is one of the rare books that I will read twice just because I Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, enjoyed it so much There are a lot of references to British culture in the 1980s that as an American were unfamiliar to me but the references were notnough to take away from the Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, enjoyment of the book I could get the general gist I am still thinking about this uirky family and their hilariously dry nanny weeks after finishing the book I have already recommended it to my friends Nina is a real life funnier Bridget Jones Wonderful book I have toxplain that I have two Kindles One in my purse and one on my bedside table The purse Kindle spends a lot of time in doctor s offices waiting rooms helping my The Rich and the Profane (Lovejoy, elderly Mom and I like having something great to read that canasily put downMarvelous letters all written to Nina s sister Vic about her life as a Nanny in London in the Turbulence early 1980 s Witty people including the children The letters often left me smiling if not down right laughing as Iscorted Mom and her walker down medical office corridors Very soon Mom insisted I read the letters to her while we waited More than once as Mom s name was called someone lse in the waiting roo. Sister Nina described her trials and triumphs there's a cat nobody likes suppertime visits from a famous local playwright a mysteriously unpaid milk bill and repeated misadventures parking the family car Dinner table discussions cover the gamut from the greats of English literature to swearing in German to.

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